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Diaphragm Mistakes

Posted by Retired Geezer on July 27, 2006

Here’s an owner-installed diaphragm.

Notice the little rubber piece got smashed during installation.

It didn’t function.

I’m not too crazy about this design. I like Rainbird’s diaphragm design much better.


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Screen Filter Hole

Posted by Retired Geezer on July 27, 2006

This filter screen had a big white rock stuck through it.

Never seen this one before.

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Sea Shells in the Filter

Posted by Retired Geezer on July 27, 2006

Well, maybe they aren’t Sea Shells. We *are* in Idaho.

I’ve seen this a couple of times in various parts of the valley.

Strange, huh?

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Fence Building Tips

Posted by Retired Geezer on July 27, 2006

If you’re going to install a wooden fence, be sure you know where the sprinks are.

Yeah, it’s popping up under the fence.

And it’s on the Wrong Side of the fence.

Here’s another tip:

When digging postholes for a Vinyl fence…

Be careful to *not* include the sprinks in the concrete.

The homeowner broke the concrete loose and gave it to me.

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Broken Union

Posted by Retired Geezer on July 27, 2006

About 2 months ago I fixed a broken filter assembly.

I got a call from the client in some distress yesterday. They were looking out their window when they saw the neighbors jumping the fence into their back yard. Then they saw the geyser where the pipes had broken near the filter.

The union that I installed broke from stress or some other reason.

I’ve never seen this happen before, have you?

It *was* made in China.

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If One Valve is Good, Two Must Be Better

Posted by Retired Geezer on June 7, 2006

The client had a problem with two zones going on at the same time.

I had already diagnosed this in my mind as a cut/shorted wire.

I was correct on that part but they had another confusing thing. The resistance on one station (at the clock) was about half of the value of each of the other stations.

It was because they had Two Valves on one station. Both of them needed to be on to allow the water to flow. They just wired them together.

One clue was that there was one more solenoid/valve than there were stations.

Remember class…

Resistors in Series, add values.

Resistors in Parallel, add them up and divide by the number of resistors.

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The Wrong Way to Do This

Posted by Retired Geezer on June 7, 2006

I got called to replace a cracked PVB. They didn't get their system blown out in time.
The Client said that another company had started to replace it but couldn't finish it.


I don't know how the heck they got as far as they did. 

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Flora the Foil Ball

Posted by Retired Geezer on May 23, 2006

Flora is the official mascot of Flying Pie Pizzeria in Boise Idaho.

She has her own blog.

She was happy to pose with my blogidaho.com cap.

It's not polite to discuss a lady's weight but she weighs over 176 pounds.

I think she's cute.

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Broken Valves are Scary

Posted by Retired Geezer on May 23, 2006

In Idaho, as well as most cold areas, the sprinkler turn-on valve is located pretty deep underground. Sometimes 4 feet or more.

Occasionally the valves require a little Extra torque to turn them.

This is what happens when a little Extra is Too Much.


See how the brass threads have been stripped?

This is the reason I won't risk turning on valves that appear to be stuck.

I'm Old.

I don't want to dig a 4 feet deep hole in your yard, big enough to swing a wrench in.

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Replacing the Well Pump

Posted by Retired Geezer on May 22, 2006

In order to replace the pump, you need to pull all the pipe out of the well casing.

Bud the Neighbor makes a tool to hold the pipe up in the air.

Kids, please wear your protective equipment when you cut steel with a torch.

Here's the tool in action.

Normally you would need a big truck with a pipe pulling crane.

Unless you have 2 strong sons to do that part of the job.

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